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Gifts at time of estimate?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by roscioli, Jan 14, 2003.


Gifts at time of estimate, ethical or not?

  1. Its unethical to give gifts at time of estimate.

    16 vote(s)
  2. Its perfectly fine to give gifts at time of estimate.

    11 vote(s)
  1. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 749

    Would it be unethical to give gifts at the first meeting with a prospective client? Say at the time of the estimate.. I am talking maybe a couple of mugs and some nice coffee, maybe include a pen or magnet, etc... What do you guys think? I will even post a poll.
  2. Clayton800

    Clayton800 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Nothing past company logo items. Anything else would be percieved as cheesy and will be dismissed.
  3. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    just don't spend too much at first. you never know....
  4. TaylorLawn

    TaylorLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    Not unethical, but cheezy.........I think you have the definition of ethical incorrect.........just cut the lawn, make it look great, and that is their gift,........and you are getting income from it...........I have several clients who give me and my children special gifts during the holidays....and expect nothing in return except the holiday greeting and great service, that is it.....and it has worked for years...do not overextend yourself....ET
  5. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 749

    At the time of any estimate... maintenance or installs. This would leave them with a very strong impression and keep my logo in their face. I don't think it would be cheesy if done correctly.
  6. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    I totally agree u never know if they called just to get a free estimate.
  7. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    I have never given anything but estimates when I'm out with a potential customer. When I get business cards I would definatly think that would be the only thing I would give to a potential customer besides the estimate.
    We provide a professional service to them and after we are done that is our gift to them a great looking landscape. Priceless :cool:
  8. thfireman

    thfireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    I just give a card when I do the estimates. But after a season I might give a client a logo imprinted gift. One year I gave out rain guages with my logo and number. That was a huge success. Another year I gave a flower seed packet and 2"x4" planter with my logo and number. I always try to relate it to my services.

  9. Piedmont Lawn

    Piedmont Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178


    Where did ya get them logo rain guages ?

  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    i'm not sure if it's cheesey or unethical or what...maybe just unwarranted or just too early???

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